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  • Put Away Your Protein Shake-Drink Ashes Instead!

    || 24-Mar-2015

    Put Away Your Protein Shake—Drink Ashes Instead! New research has shown that Roman Gladiators consumed a drink made of the ashes of plants in order to supplement their diet of grains and beans. It was thought that consuming the ashes would promote bone healing, which this research has initially proven true with high levels of strontium in the bones of an unearthed Gladiator from the 2 nd or ...
  • CSI Academy to Offer a New Course This Fall!

    || 13-Mar-2015

    CSI Academy to Offer a New Course This Fall! The CSI Academy has been asked by FDIAI Region 3 Director Jon Wierzbowski to develop and present a one-day curriculum entitled “Examination, Documentation and Preservation of Bloodstain Patterns on Clothing” . This course will be taught on March 26, 2015 at the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office in Bushnell, Florida. Call 813-315-3993 for ...
  • The Lyon Sisters Update: Sex offender admits being with the girls on the day of their disappearance Sheila and Katherine Lyon disappeared from Wheaton Plaza Mall in 1975. The Montgomery County, Maryland sisters were last seen on March 25, 1975 while eating pizza during their Spring Break. Both sisters were seen talking to an unidentified male and were never seen again. For 40 years, police have ...
  • Alumni Focus: Christina Pitrelli

    || 20-Feb-2015

    I grew up on Long Island, NY and moved to Florida in 2009 to go to Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. While attending FGCU, I joined Kappa Delta Sorority and held the position as secretary. I received a B.S. in Forensic Studies and Criminal Justice in May 2013. Now, I am currently a Crime Scene Technician at the Davie Police Department in South Florida. I plan on continuing my education ...
  • Instructor Focus: Derek Schmidt

    || 6-Feb-2015

    I’ve been on staff at CSI Academy of Florida since inception in late 2011 when I received a call from Danny Pascucci about starting a forensic training school in Alachua. I, like many of the staff, have been to a multitude of forensics courses and conferences and was excited at Danny’s vision for a truly “hands on” forensic training facility. I am equally excited on the ...
  • Nice write up in UF Health Magazine about CSI Academy of Florida and UF partnership. Sign ups for Crime Scene Laboratory via the UF graduate program is happening now. http://post.health.ufl.edu/2014/12/03/the-fingerprints-story/
  • FDIAI/GAIAI 2014 Annual Forensic Training Conference

    || 28-Oct-2014

    We are a gold sponsor at the FDIAI conference which is going on right now. This is an annual forensic training conference. Karen Smith, our director of forensic education, spoke on the subject of “Context Effects in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis” and she along with Marc Trahan and Dan Gerard, two more of our instructors are there on behalf of the CSI Academy. ...
  • The Chat, October 22, 2014

    || 22-Oct-2014

    Karen Smith discusses the Hannah Graham disappearance and the possible serial murders in Gary, Indiana. Link to The Chat
  • CSI Academy's Karen Smith featured on The Chat

    || 9-Oct-2014

    Director of Forensic Education Karen L. Smith was a featured guest on First Coast News’ show The Chat today, discussing the world of forensic science and some past cases. The Chat October 9, 2014
  • Michael Dunn Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder

    || 1-Oct-2014

    October 1, 2014—Michael Dunn has been found guilty of first-degree murder by a Jacksonville, Florida jury. The decision was returned the same day the jury was tasked with weighing the testimony of over 30 witnesses brought forth by the prosecution and defense. Dunn contended that he was in fear for his life when he fired 10 shots into the SUV that 17 year-old victim Jordan Davis was seated ...
  • Karen Smith Testifies in Michael Dunn Murder Trial

    || 29-Sep-2014

    Director of Forensic Education Karen L. Smith went to Jacksonville on Saturday to testify in the Michael Dunn murder trial. Dunn is facing homicide charges in the death of 17 year-old Jordan Davis. The trial garnered national attention last February when Dunn was found guilty of attempted murder of three other teenagers present in the same vehicle as Davis, but a hung jury on the murder charge ...
  • CSI Instructor Marc Trahan was recently called to serve as an expert witness in the murder trial of 20-year-old Pedro Bravo. Bravo, who was found guilty on Friday of first-degree murder, was on trial for killing University of Florida student Christian Aguilar by strangulation. Trahan, the prosecution’s first witness, is a crime scene investigator for the Gainesville Police Department. Trahan ...
  • Anthony Falsetti, Dean at The CSI Academy of Florida, is a smart guy. He’s a nationally recognized forensic anthropologist & he’s been a consultant for National Geographic, as well as CourtTV. Recently, Dr. Falsetti appeared on WCJB here in Florida to talk about a case he’d recently worked on. The Levy County School Board turned to him when looking for clues about when they ...
  • Karen Smith, The CSI Academy of Florida’s resident expert in Blood Stain Pattern Analysis, will be traveling to Franklin, NC next week in order to evaluate evidence in a 51 year-old murder case. In July 1963, 40 year-old Frances Bullock was brutally murdered in her own home. The case remains unsolved and the events of that day continue to pique the interest of those living in and around the ...
  • Shooting Scene Investigations: 5 days/40 credit hours

    || 25-Jul-2014

    COMING SOON to The CSI Academy of Florida … A new course offering: Shooting Scene Investigations In this course, students will earn 40 credit hours over the course of 5 days. This course will introduce students to the techniques required to properly document evidence at a crime scene involving firearms. Students will learn about internal, external and terminal ballistics, related ...
  • COMING SOON to The CSI Academy of Florida … A brand-new course offering: Alternate Light Source Applications. In this course, students will earn 24 credit hours over the course of 3 days. This course is designed to introduce students to the use of the visible light spectrum to enhance organic and inorganic substances that otherwise may be overlooked in a criminal investigation. Students ...
  • Things are all a-buzz here at The CSI Academy of Florida! Right now, we’ve got a fresh new set of students getting their hands dirty, so to speak, as they learn about blood spatter, latent fingerprints, alternate light sources, and much, much more in our Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation course. During the course, they’ll learn how to approach and document a crime scene, ...
  • CSI Academy of Florida Dedicates Building to Danny Pascucci The CSI Academy is honored to have hosted the dedication of our facility in honor of Detective Sergeant Danny Pascucci, Crime Scene Investigator on 27 May 2014. Danny was and is an integral part of our ongoing efforts to provide specialized training to forensic science students, crime scene investigators and law enforcement specialists. ...
  • CSI Academy of Florida Announces University of Florida Partnership ALACHUA, Fla. – The CSI Academy of Florida is pleased to announce their partnership with the University of Florida. The two organizations have entered into a three-year educational partnership to enhance learning and research in crime scene technology and forensic science. “This partnership recognizes the strengths of ...